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Chef Ray – Marathon Pasta

This meal provides plenty of carbohydrates to fuel your training, with traditional Greek flavours fitting to as a tribute to the town of Marathon.

From: Hopley, Claire; (July/August 2002) A Celebration of History Creating a Pasta Dish from Marathon in: Running Times

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (according to taste), chopped
  • 28-ounce (800g) can chopped or crushed tomatoes
  • 8 small to medium bay leaves plus a few more to garnish
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 dozen pitted Kalmata olives
  • 2 teaspoons Greek rigani or oregano
  • 1 pound (450g) penne or pasta of your choice
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan plus more for serving
  1. Pour the oil into a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and garlic and cook gently for about four minutes until they have softened.
  3. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme and fennel seeds.
  4. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until some of the tomato juice has evaporated and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Stir in the Kalamata olives along with the rigani or oregano and cook for another five minutes, or long enough to heat the olives through. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove bay leaves. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts (3.75 Litre) of water to boil in a large pan.
  7. Add a tablespoon of salt, then penne or other pasta.
  8. Stir to separate the pieces and cook for 7-8 minutes or until tender but still firm.
  9. Drain. To serve, toss the pasta with about half the sauce and transfer to a warmed platter or to individual plates.
  10. Top with more sauce.
  11. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve more at the table.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.

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